Primary author Resch, who is quality manager at Sappi Austria in Gratkorn, used research presented in the paper as basis for his Ph.D., and publication in TAPPI Journal counted towards partial fulfillment of his doctoral requirements at Graz University. Bauer is a professor and Hirn is a research assistant with Graz University of Technology's Institute for Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology in Graz, Austria.
"This paper is an example of high-quality, impactful work done in an academic environment under guidance for relevancy from a paper company," said TAPPI Journal editorial board member Nick Triantafillopoulos. "It also exemplifies the merging of academic requirements with industry needs. In addition, the paper demonstrates how a seasoned technical leader can elevate the quality of fundamental public, yet practical, research in a university environment."
According to Resch, this research highlights basics for the optimization of calendering parameters to reach a balance for paper gloss and ink setting. Resch also emphasizes that his TAPPI Journal Best Paper, as well as his Ph.D. work, was the outcome of his activities in Research and Development at Sappi Fine Paper Europe, where he was formerly product engineer for base paper and coating applications. The research was first presented at the 2008 TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium, in Montreal, Quebec, where it was also recognized as a best paper.
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